Safer Selby District Partnership has partnered with charity Crimestoppers to raise awareness of County Lines Drug gangs within the Selby district.
County Lines is a term used for organised illegal drug-dealing networks, usually controlled by a person using a single telephone number or ‘deal-line’. They distribute illegal drugs across rural and suburban counties via ‘runners’.
An ad-van and staff members from Crimestoppers visited Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet on Wednesday 21 August to show a campaign video and speak to members of the public.
County Lines is an emerging trend across the UK. This event is to engage and empower members of the public to spot the signs early and inform the Police or Crimestoppers. All reports will be treated in confidence.
Inspector Martin Wedgwood from North Yorkshire Police said: “County Lines is often unseen and unheard of before it is too late and the damage has been done. By openly educating the residents and visitors of our district we can all work together to protect the vulnerable and prevent this from happening in our area”.
Selby District Council’s Executive member with responsibilities for communities, Councillor David Buckle, said: “This is a great example of how the Council is continuing to work with partners to ensure our district and residents are safe. The use of the resources in this way has enabled us to reach a large audience in a short space of time. It’s encouraging to see members of the public engage with the Crimestoppers staff, especially those who work with members of our communities to ensure that we are safeguarding as many of our residents as possible”.
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To contact Crimestoppers anonymously ring 0800 555111
To report concerns for a child contact North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 780780